Leah Messer’s spanking during a sneak-peak clip of Thursday’s “Teen Mom 2″ in Season 6 isn’t going over too well with viewers. It started when her daughter Aleeah threw a temper tantrum following a weekend with her ex-husband Corey Simms, according to US Magazine.
Messer, 23, has a custody arrangement with Simms, but that doesn’t appear to be going too well for their twin daughters, Ali and Aleeah. Leah explains that she just picked up the girls from school, and they’re totally out of control.
“I’m just feel stressed out,” she tells her friend Amber, who is helping her take care of the girls. “I forgot that today is the first day they’ve been back … It may be the transitioning from his house to my house. I mean Ali does good at the whole transitioning, it more Gracie [Aleeah].”
Leah Messer was close to spanking the girls right away as Aleeah puts on makeup, despite her mother’s request not to do so, repeatedly laughs while kicking her 2-year-old sister Adalynn’s toy car and refuses to share her snack with Ali. When she doesn’t to follow her orders to pick up a toy during her conversation with Amber, she reacts by standing up and removing her daughter from the room.
“Stop!” Aleeah cries when she sees her mother approaching her. The mother responds, saying, “Oh yeah, come on. You’re not gonna act like this in front of people. Do you understand? I’ve had enough,” she says before taking Aleeah in a private room where she can be heard punishing her. Aleeah can be heard crying and screaming “No!”
Spanking is the idea behind parental discipline, to create self-discipline within your child. Experts say the hitting itself doesn’t teach them anything, but there are alternatives.
“Listen to me. I don’t why you’re acting like this,” Leah says. When Aleeah continues to act out, Messer threatens her daughter with a time out. When Aleeah says she does not want to “sit in the corner,” the mother lets her go. “I had to spank her,” she admits to her friend. “I feel bad because I spanked her.”
Amber tells her friend not to worry about her punishment technique, saying, “We were raised the way we are in West Virginia, anyways. Like, I was whipped and I turned out okay.”
Leah Messer decision to use spanking as punishment isn’t the first time on camera. In March 2014 the Teen Mom 2 star’s mom, Dawn Spears, defended her daughter’s actions on Twitter by stating the punishment was legal in the state of WV.